This is looking good…HBO’s upcoming series Westworld, based on the classic 1973 movie about a theme park designed to look like the old West, populated by androids that soon begin to explore their own existence and question reality. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, executive produced by Nolan, Joy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, it stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and more.
Some post pilot cast changes are happening for HBO’s Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton 1973 movie about a theme park full of robots that goes horribly wrong.
Miranda Otto (Eowyn in Lord of the Rings), who was in the pilot, is exiting the show and taking a regular role on Homeland instead. She will be replaced with Sidse Babbett Knudsen (Borgen) as the head of operations. Eion Bailey will play Logan, a playboy of sorts who returns to Westworld to show his friend William (Jimmi Simpson, House of Cards) the park. Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) plays Lawrence, a criminal who apparently knows his way around Westworld.
HBO has given a series commitment to Westworld, a remake of the 1973 classic movie from Michael Chricton about a world at the dawn of artificial intelligence and it’s use in a theme park when things go horribly wrong.
The new Westworld comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV, along with Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), and producer Jerry Weintraub. Joy wrote the pilot.
The series boasts a star-studded cast, including Sir Anthony Hopkins in his first TV role, along with Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright.
Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs, Thor) is climbing on board his first potential TV role in the pilot for Westworld, based on the classic 1973 movie by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park).
Hopkins will play Dr. Robert Ford, the head of the fantasy park who has “unorthodox methods” for building his vision.
Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood, The Wrestler) will play Dolores Abernathy, “a sweet, Midwestern farm girl who has a very rude awakening during the series.”
Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Interstellar) will direct from a script by himself and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), with both producing alongside J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Wars Episode VII), Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) and Bryan Burk (Revolution).
HBO has given a pilot commitment to a Westworld series from J.J. Abrams, ad Robot, Jonathan Nolan, Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros. TV. Inspired by the 1973 movie from Michael Chrichton, the series as described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.” The movie, which starred Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin, was about a near-future amusement park where guests could live out fantasies in various worlds, including the western-themed West World, populated by androids. However, a malfunction spreads through the system and the androids begin to kill the guests.
It was followed by a sequel, Futureworld, and a short lived series, Beyond Westworld.